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Santa Cruz Carnival Opening Parade 2019

Third Maid of Honour, Inma Afonso Darias at the Carnival Opening Parade in 2019

We arrived in Santa Cruz in the afternoon of Friday, 1 March 2019. This was not my first time at carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, but it was the first time I'd been there for the Cabalgata anunciadora (Opening Parade) and there was a different feel to that I'd observed previously when I'd been mid-way through for any of the other parades. There was that calm that pervades just before an event, as pretty much all of the preparations were done by then, but with a palpable sense of excited expectation of a party about to commence. And what a party! 

Opening Parade approaches in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019

Third Maid of Honour, Inma Afonso Darias

At the end of the parade the vehicles with the costumes parked up alongside the Plaza de España, before being taken back off for storage. This is the costume of first maid of honour Susana Conde Alba, “Bésame” (Kiss Me), with its designer, Santi Castro at the back door of the car.

Comparsa Los Rumberos at the Opening Parade in 2019

Comparsa Danzarines Canarios at the Opening Parade 2019

Comparsa Danzarines Canarios at the Opening Parade 2019

At the end of the parade are the coches engalanados (decorated vehicles) that bring a whole new meaning to the term "mobile disco". They are, authentically, a whole other party on wheels.

Another of the creatively decorated coches engalanados.

Pirate ship disco on wheels negotiates a tight corner

Last minute costume item?

After the parade, walking down the Calle de Castillo on the way to the party

At the stage in the Plaza del Príncipe de Asturias

And on to the party taking place in the Plaza de la Candelaria

And the Carnival Reggae Festival on the Avenida Anaga

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